Outside of struggling to his first world championship win, Jermell Charlo has excelled and excelled in frightening fashion. The one half of a boxing tandem with the potential to take over the sport has racked up a fine list of victims on route to and during his two-year reign as WBC Super Welterweight ruler.
Now the brash Texan looks to improve on his twin brother’s victory over Austin Trout, while also replicating what 154lb leader Jarrett Hurd did to the former champ last year.
Since beating Miguel Cotto, Trout 31-4(17KO’s) has been out of luck, losing a close one to Canelo Alvarez before being schooled by the wizardry of Erislandy Lara. The wins piled back up before another duo of defeats in world title bouts, one to an improving Jermall Charlo and the other a first stoppage loss at the hands of the brutal Hurd.
His early efforts against Hurd seemed to be the rolling of the final dice for the New Mexico native, but Trout has found himself with more chips on his table, and he plans to place them all on this shot at Charlo.
Charlo 30-0(15KO’s) is fresh off blitzing exciting prospect Erickson Lubin in one round – a shot that sent shock waves throughout the division. But now with an enormous unification waiting around the corner with WBA and IBF kingpin Hurd, Charlo simply cannot underestimate the 32-year old ‘No Doubt’ Trout.
At 28-years old, the world is at Charlo’s feet, but Trout will have the ground shaking in this 12 round fight.
Trout is not the type to leave himself exposed to being laid out by a single punch, and what led to his stoppage loss to Hurd is unlikely to happen again on Saturday night.
Charlo’s mean streak should continue, even if he does not force an early end. But he will have Trout on the canvas in the latter stages before clinching a wide unanimous decision.